ObamaFrom The Grio — One of the proudest moments of my life was in December, when I had the opportunity to take my mother to the White House to meet not just any president, but the first black president and first lady. As an African-American man I fully understand and embrace the cultural celebration of President Barack Obama.

Black America continues to be the president’s firewall. Without black voter support and determination to show up at the polls on his behalf in 2008 and again 2012, it’s likely we would be talking about President Clinton, McCain or Romney today.

African-Americans are ever ready to stand up for President Obama against perceived mistreatment and disrespect of him by his political opposition. After all, few of us cannot recall a moment when we felt we were being undermined because of our race.

However, our community’s near solidarity in support of the president is probably only exceeded by our collective disdain for injustice; which is why the news of the Obama administration’s drone policy made me stop and think.

Through a Department of Justice memo, first obtained by NBC News, we learned that the Obama administration has determined it has the authority to kill a U.S. citizen on foreign soil using drones if the target is deemed to be a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda, and if it has been determined that they both pose “imminent threats” to the United States and that capturing the individual would not be feasible.

What’s troubling for some is that this policy of unilateral action leaves too much room for potential abuse. The thought that our government could kill  Americans and ignore their constitutional right to a free and fair trial — all because some unnamed government official, who might divulge little or no reason for their suspicion, deems them an “imminent threat” –  is disturbing to civil libertarians. It’s hard not to imagine the level of outrage and protest from Democrats and liberals if such a memo had been released under the Bush administration.  Conservatives have a fair point when they say that George W. Bush faced far more scrutiny from liberals over his expansion of executive power.

To see so many African-Americans sit silently through such a revelation is astonishing. This unwavering support of this administration’s foreign and security policies requires that we ignore our historic skepticism of government and our general fear that it might misuse its power. The stories of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI wiretapping civil rights leaders and covert operations to infiltrate civil rights organizations are fresh within the African-American psyche, as are Tuskegee experiments and government-ordered sterilizations. Take a trip to Harlem and ask black folks who was responsible for the death of Martin Luther King or Malcolm X and you will hear people make a passionate argument for their belief that the U.S. government played a role.

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  • so we should cancel the drone strikes and sit back and wait to be struck?

    • NO. We should first get to the bottom of who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks because they haven’t done that. Like I said,first show me ONE, ONE piece of credible evidence (not that bogus videotape that the entire muslim world has called fake, that is inconsistent with everything OBL has ever said, that doesn’t really do anything but raise more questions anyway and that showed up at a perfect time right before election)

      Show me anything that validates these wars. Show me anything that validates assassination. Tell me why the “mastermind” KSM was let off scott free. Tell me why not one conspirator has been convicted of anything. Tell me how building 7 fell 8 hours later after not being touched. Tell me why the 2 towers fell in an unprecedented manner, in a way that is only capable via controlled demolition, as confirmed by over 2,000 architects and engineers.

      Are YOU content with the 911 commission report? Are you comfortable with the characters who wrote it?

      Why is there not ONE single video of a plane hitting the pentagon even though it is the most secure building in the US ANDin addition to it’s slew of camera, the FBI confiscated 80 videos from neighboring establishments within minutes of the “crash”??

      THESE are the questions we need to ask,before we start killing by the thousands, toppling regimes, and stripping our privacy.

      You seem like an intelligent man. Tell me honestly that you are satisfied that we got the right people.

      Perhaps you are the type to believe anything you are told blindly, but I think the victims of 9-11, the first responders, the soldiers and their families, not to mention the families whose lives we have devastated in the middle east deserve proof.

      Unfortunately, in this country thanks to the lies and the media we seem to think we are bombing barbarians in caves (not that that would be right either), but those Afghanis and Iraqis are just people with lives and families, kids who go to school…who could give a shit about us, if we werent terrorizing them.

      Do a little research beyond the O’Reilly factor and you’d be surprised what they dont tell you.

  • will someone please state just what the US should do?
    how should we defend ourselves?

    • OK we could start by finding out who it is we need to defend against.
      And we’ll find that the enemy is a lot closer than Afghanistan.